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Summer is upon us! Memorial Day through Labor Day, we like to spend as much time as we possibly can outdoors to soak up the Carolina sunshine (safely, of course, while wearing sunscreen!).

Luckily for us, there are plenty of ways that you can get active in the great outdoors in the greater Charlotte area. Here are a few of our favorites.

1. Pedal for your pints on the water with Charlotte Cycleboats.

This "pedal-powered party boat" will take your Lake Norman experience to a whole new level. You can reserve individual tickets or the whole boat, depending on how many are in your crew! 

2. Pedal for your pints on land with Trolley Pub.

Yes, Charlotte is lucky enough to have two pedal-powered modes of transportation that allow booze on board. If you're not in the mood to make your way to the Lake, opt for riding this "bike bar" through NoDa, Uptown, or South End. Once again, you and your friends can purchase individual seats or the entire Trolley Pub.

3. Take a hike at Crowder's Mountain.

There are 11 different trails to choose from at this state park, ranging from leisurely to strenuous. Our favorite is the Pinnacle Trail, which is 2 miles one-way and leads to the King's Pinnacle peak (which is the highest point in Gaston County at 1,705 feet).

4. Bike, run, or walk along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

Running a total of 5.9 miles from Cordelia Park to Huntingtowne Farms Park, the Little Sugar Creek Greenway is a part of the Carolina Thread Trail. Since the trail is paved, it's ideal whether you want to bike, run, walk, scooter, rollerskate, or travel it in just about any other capacity.

You can take it from Cordelia Park to 12th Street (about 1 mile), E. 7th Street to Morehead Street (just under 1.5 miles), Morehead Street to Brandywine Road (just under 3 miles), or through Huntingtowne Farms Park (just over 0.75 miles). 

5. Take an outdoor yoga class.

From McGill Rose Garden yoga (followed by beer at Birdsong Brewing Co.) to NoDa Hop Yoga and more, there are plenty of outdoor yoga classes to choose from in the Charlotte area. You can find more here.

6. Partake in just about any outdoor activity you can think of at the Whitewater Center.

Biking, hiking, running, or walking trails? Kayaking or paddle boarding? Whitewater rafting? Outdoor yoga? Ropes courses? Zip lining? Rock climbing? Whatever you're in the mood to do outside, chances are that the Whitewater Center has you covered.

7. Go kayaking or tubing along the Catawba River with Rockin' River Adventures.

Decide whether you want to coast along the Catawba in a single kayak, a tandem kayak, or a Texas River Run Tube. Then rent your desired mode of transportation from Rockin' River Adventures before making your way to the Lake Wylie Dam, where your adventure will begin. Pro tip: end at The Pump House to enjoy a riverfront beer or meal before you head home.

8. Spend a "beach day" on the sandy shores of Lake Norman State Park.

Memorial Day through Labor Day, you can swim to your heart's content with lifeguard service from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on a 125-yard sand beach complete with bathrooms, changing rooms, and a concession stand. Just throw on your swimsuit, grab your beach towel, and put 759 Park Road Troutman, NC into your GPS to get the good times going.

9. Escape the city at Anne Springs Close Greenway, a 2,100-acre nature preserve just 15 minutes from South End.

This nearby nature preserve boasts a whopping 40 miles of trails. Whether you're looking to go hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, geocaching, camping, or participate in any of the other outdoor fitness activities offered, there's something at Anne Springs Close Greenway for you.

10. Test your balance on a stand-up paddle board at My Aloha Paddle & Surf.

Whether you're looking to try paddle boarding for the first time or you've been doing it for years, there's nothing like hitting the waters of Lake Norman with My Aloha to test your SUP abilities. You can even take it a step further with a paddle board yoga flow, a sunset paddle board tour, or a full moon paddle board tour. 

What's your favorite way to get active outdoors in Charlotte?

Let us know in the comments below, or tag us in your outdoor adventures at @workforyourbeer and @orthocarolina! 

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